Why Michael Vaughan and KP Would Make the Dream Team
It is now apparent to the world and his wife that the relationship between England skipper Kevin Pietersen and coach Peter Moores is broken beyond repair, and the dressing room leaked like a sieve in this weekend's press.
Even if the Baggy Greens pull off an unlikely victory in South Africa this spring, the damage to their recent rock solid self belief has been done and it is vital that England take full advantage and don't let feuding give the tourists any unwarranted advantage.
Personally, I felt that KP wasn't ready for the captaincy, but he impressed in the late Summer rally that saw England win the Oval Test and take the one day series by storm, dispatching the Proteas comprehensively. The new skipper learnt some harsh lessons on the last tour, both on the field and off, but his push for Vaughan's return to the squad is clearly a call for help, something he feels that the rather mechanically minded Moores cannot provide.
The Yorkshireman is clearly far from making the team (Shah for Bell would be my call), but no one can dispute how he reads the game, and handles the players under his command, which culminated in the 2005 Ashes triumph. It is no coincidence that the seeds for the 5-0 mauling on the 2008/7 trip down under were sown when Vaughan was forced home in late 2006, spending a huge chunk of time out of the side.
Take Vaughan to the West Indies, but as a coach. KP has the confidence and chutzpah, but needs a trusty adviser whom he looks up to, to rely on for sound advice. Hussain and Fletcher anyone?
Bring Ashley Giles into the equation and we may well be onto something.
The Moores thing actually gives the ECB a good opportunity to get rid of a coach who has failed to make his mark, and give the new team time to bed in before the Ashes commence.
Come on Giles Clark, you know it makes sense!
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